Minecraft How to make a book

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Catherine Le Nevez
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Books are a common item you'll come across in Minecraft, but you might find yourself in a situation where you want to create your own books. Like other things in Minecraft, a book can be crafted with materials discovered in the world. In this guide, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of making a book in Minecraft and the items you'll need to do so.



There are two main things you need to create a basic book. The items you need to craft a book in Minecraft are 3 parts paper and 1 part leather in your normal crafting grid.

Step 1: Gather the required materials

The materials required to create a book in Minecraft are paper and leather. To make a book, you will need 3 paper and 1 leather.

Make paper with sugar cane

Paper can be crafted by collecting the candy cane and then using the crafting grid by placing the three candy canes in the middle row as shown above.

Get leather by killing animals

Leather can be collected by killing the following animals in Minecraft

  • Vache
  • Horses
  • Mule
  • Mooshrow
  • Lama
  • Donkey

Step 2: Open the crafting table menu grid

Once you have at least three papers and a leather, you have the necessary elements to create a book. Open the crafting table menu and use the paper and leather to create a book in the 3×3 grid.



Step 3: Add the Paper and Leather

Place the items in the crafting grid with three papers in the top row and one leather in the middle left row. Use the image below to see the correct order of elements to create a book.


Types of books

Enchanted Books - Enchanted Books can be crafted with a Book and Lapis Lazuli with an Enchantment Table.

Book and Quill – Book and Quill can be crafted with Book, Quill, and Inkbag

What you can do with books

Enchantment Table – An enchantment table can be made with 1 book, 2 diamonds and 4 obsidian


Bookcase – A bookcase can be made with 3 books and 6 of any type of wooden planks.


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